Wine Savvy on July 17, 2013 1 Comment Do you like your wine dry or sweet? Robust or acidic? Different types of wine have many different flavor profiles, and each wine offers something different for your senses. Despite the variety, there are several essential types of wine to keep in your collection at all times. By having these wines, you will be ready for any type of dinner party or entertaining situation. Moscato Wine Moscato wine is derived from Moscato grapes grown in a very temperate region of Italy. Moscato is a relatively light and tasty alternative to common wines; it is often enjoyed by people who are just beginning to drink wine or typically do not indulge in wine. This wine is very Italian, yet is softer on the palate compared to other wines. It goes well with a slice of Tiramisu or other delectable desserts. Pinot Noir While Moscato goes perfectly with a dessert, Pinot Noir is what you need to complement a hearty seafood dinner or wild fowl dishes, such as quail. It has a fruit-forward taste that is very even; it is not as sweet as a Moscato, but does not have a robust taste like other fuller-bodied red wines. The Pinot Noir is typically made from pure grapes and happens to be one of the most well-known red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine grown extensively in Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is more complex than the Pinot Noir and is typically earthy or spice-laden. The complexity of a Cabernet Sauvignon makes it a great pairing for hearty meals such as steak or other red meat dishes. Chardonnay Another wine grown abundantly in California – commonly referred to as the most popular variety in the United States – is Chardonnay. It was cultivated in the south of France but is now grown in climates all throughout the U.S. and even in Russia. Chardonnay is sold at all price ranges, with the main difference in price being due to the oak influence; more expensive Chardonnay has been aged for a longer time, typically in French oak. Chardonnay is best served with grilled chicken or veal. Choosing the right type of wine is all about preference and occasion. It is always difficult to please all your guests, but try having these wines on hand and you might get close. Pick the right bottle and you will have the perfect finishing touch to dinner or entertaining.